Summer in the city – with a difference

“Finally summer” say many people here and in the UK – others already complain – “we need rain” or “to hot” – one can’t get the weather for everybody….

I love this summer weather – yes it is rather hot but hey – not to long ago I complained about the constant rain and after all – I did “escape” the Kiwi Winter to have some summer sun – so I love it.

The so called "palaces on the Elbe" not even 5 min from Dresden City
The so called “palaces on the Elbe” not even 5 min from Dresden City

Here in Germany the summer also means rather warm nights – they basically invite everybody to be outside as long as possible – either to enjoy a cold drink in a beer garden or a concert on the waters edge (Dresden has a summer festival called “Filmnaechte am Elbufer” that also doubles as a open air concert venue).

Open Air Concert on the banks of the Elbe right in the city center
Open Air Concert on the banks of the Elbe right in the city center

Whilst I do enjoy a good night out with friends to a beer garden – the concert idea does not appeal to me – not because the concert itself but the bands playing there – I never heard of them…I am getting old it seems:-)

Summer is also traditionally the time when one has a garden on the go and does a lot of preserving over here – at least in my family.

 

Oma and me (my grandmother and myself) in my aunt's garden
Oma and me (my grandmother and myself) in my aunt’s garden

So yesterday we went to my godmothers house 120km away near Leipzig and enjoyed a whole day there with chatting, gardening (mostly harvesting beans, gherkins and all sorts of berries) and a good old coffee and cake afternoon.

Coffee and cake is like the cream team in the UK – we German’s love our afternoon (usually around 3.30pm) coffee and cake time. Most families will have numerous cake recipes that get used for just those occasions. Young and old love it and it gets the whole family together – some of you back at home know what I mean as I love baking to and do bring cake to a lot of functions because I love to.

Dresden - view through the Fuerstenzug towards the Church of Our Lady
Dresden – view through the Fuerstenzug towards the Church of Our Lady

I think I am digressing again with all this talk about food…what I actually meant to get to is – Summer in the city here in Dresden is far more relaxing than in others I’ve been to in summer – Auckland included. Dresden is comparatively small with only 550.000 people  – but boy do they know how to enjoy themselves in this heat. It is holiday season so less traffic but still – driving through town is such a pleasure that I find myself a few times every day thinking to myself – “is this nice”.

Catholic Cathedral at night
Catholic Cathedral at night

Everything looks better in the sun – admittedly so but when the whole town kind of sparkles in it’s own glory (the center being predominantly baroque) it’s just mindbogglingly beautiful.

 

 

 

This is not to say that there are no other places that are great in summer (or winter) but I am biased – this is my hometown and I love it.

Semper Gallery of old Masters at night
Semper Gallery of old Masters at night
Semper Opera House at night
Semper Opera House at night
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